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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Overview

Sacramento City College English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department offers language classes at six levels, from beginning to advanced (graduation competency). We serve multilingual students, non-native speakers, long-term residents and international students who need instruction in the English language. Students who speak a language other than English at home are strongly advised to complete the Sacramento City College ESL assessment process in order to place in the appropriate level of instruction. Students can gain certificates at the intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency.

ESL Course Sequence

We recommend the following course sequences, depending on your ESL Placement.

ESL Course Sequence (PDF)

Who We Serve

We serve multilingual students, non-native speakers, long-term residents, and international students who need instruction in the English language.

International students should visit the SCC International Student Center website for all questions about entering the country and enrolling at SCC.

Our Mission

The mission of the ESL Department at SCC is to facilitate language acquisition for all English language learners (including immigrant, native-born, and international) across the campus, and to prepare them to express themselves effectively, gain further education, succeed in the workplace, and contribute effectively to our communities. The ESL Department envisions a campus and community that is enriched by the diverse voices of its English language learners.

Career Options

The success of our students is of the utmost importance to us at Sacramento City College. For that reason, we strongly advise students to develop basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With a strong foundation in all language skills, your opportunities for success in college-level classes will be greatly increased.

Questions?

Speak to any ESL professor. We’re happy to explain the program and classes. Our ESL faculty have also lived and taught in other countries and speak a second language, love teaching ESL, and are committed to our students’ success.

ESL Program Details and FAQ